An old acquaintance passed away in his sleep last night.
Who knows what fate holds in store for us.
In the certainty that our meeting with the Grime Reaper could occur at any moment, we’ve decided to watch as many of the classics as possible.
Hollywood classics, of course.
Folks, a Bollywood classic is a contradiction in terms.
Our pick for tonight is Sergio Leone’s Once Upon a Time in America.
Sergio Leone’s last movie as director, Once Upon a Time in America debuted in 1984.
The Netflix Instant Play version we are watching is the original 229-minute movie.
With its flashbacks and complex narrative, this was how Sergio Leone wished the movie to be seen.
Not the butchered version (shorter by 90-minutes) that was initially shown to American audiences.
When the movie debuted at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival, the movie is said to have received a 15-minute standing ovation (source: Wiki).
Some critics have hailed Once Upon a Time in America as Sergio Leone’s greatest work.
This is our third Sergio Leone movie (after The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and Once Upon a Time in the West).
We’ll update this post after watching the movie.